Early Childhood Lead Teacher (PreK3- Kindergarten) for the 2019-20 SY

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




District of Columbia
United States



KIPP DC is a non-profit network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools in Washington, D.C. Our sixteen schools and The Learning Center educate more than 6,300 students on six campuses in communities within the city with limited access to quality educational options. At KIPP DC, we empower students to access opportunities that lead to lives full of choice of opportunity. Highly skilled teachers and leaders, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students climb the mountain to and through college and careers. KIPP DC believes in diversity, equity, and inclusion for all and is committed to maintaining an inclusive organizational culture.


At KIPP DC, we believe quality instruction directly influences student achievement. Therefore, teaching and learning is at the core of everything we do. KIPP DC is committed to their teachers and view them as central to our mission and success as an organization. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. In addition, we create a staff culture that is ambitious, intentional, and joyful. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability and benefits.

As part of the KIPP network’s 224 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and country.



We are looking for highly dedicated educators who bring an unwavering commitment to helping early childhood students succeed. KIPP DC’s early childhood lead teachers are responsible for using Tools of The Mind, Reading Workshop, and My Math curriculums to deliver effective, high-quality, rigorous instruction that produces academic results and student growth. KIPP DC gives its early childhood students an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects through play-based learning instruction and an emphasis on developing the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school and life. The KIPP DC community holds itself to high standards, cognizant that success can be achieved by all through teamwork, tenacity and focused dedication.


Early childhood teachers at KIPP DC develop a desire for learning in our youngest students. We are looking for creative and passionate teachers to work in our PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten classrooms. KIPP DC’s early childhood schools believe in using language, play, and authentic learning activities to provide our students with the foundation to build a successful and choice-filled life.


KIPP DC has an 18-year track record of preparing students in communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities for success in college and life. Each year, KIPP DC students achieve some of the highest scores on local and national assessments. Additionally, one of the best indicators of our success is the rate at which our students are graduating from high school, matriculating to college, attaining college degrees, and going on to fruitful careers. With the support of our KIPP Through College & Career program, our students are graduating from college at five times the national average of students from similar backgrounds.


We are looking for hardworking, team-oriented, and experienced teachers for PreK3 through Kindergarten. While students receive instruction from 8:00am- 4:00 pm, KIPP DC teachers are on duty in school from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm three days a week, and from 7:30am to 4:45 pm two days a week. Many KIPP DC teachers take on additional roles within the school, including working as Saturday school coordinators and grade level chairs. In KIPP DC’s early childhood schools, lead teachers are provided with the opportunity to serve as mentors to Capital Teaching Residents and assistant teachers.


Though they face demanding schedules, all KIPP DC teachers are strongly supported by experienced and dedicated leadership and staff.  We value sustainability and are continually assessing how to promote wellness amongst our teaching corps. KIPP DC students have an extended school day and year. The extra time allows KIPP DC to develop innovative and highly effective instruction for all of our students. At KIPP DC, we emphasize college starting from PreK3 and keep it at the top of students’ minds as they continue to grow as scholars.


  • KEY REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Believe deeply in the mission and values of KIPP DC, subscribe to KIPP's Differentiators, and commit to advancing an inclusive work environment.
  • Believe in providing authentic and play-based learning experiences for early childhood students
  • Display an incredible work ethic and a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and adept at developing relationships
  • Commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development
  • Facilitate engaging lessons linked to state standards
  • Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
  • When applicable, mentor a Capital Teaching Resident, if assigned to your classroom, by modeling excellent teaching, gradually releasing classroom teaching responsibilities, and implementing weekly coaching/feedback conversations
  • Perform morning, lunch, and afternoon duties as assigned
  • Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
  • When applicable, attend staff meetings, remain on call in the evenings (via KIPP DC cell phone number), and volunteer at Saturday school as required by the individual school
  • Pass a criminal background check, as required by law
  • Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and other events involving parents and students as needed. They will be communicated to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.


  • ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degree (Required) 
  • KIPP DC prefers all teachers to be “Highly Qualified”, which includes a Bachelor’s degree and passing the appropriate Praxis exam(s) (Preferred)
  • Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities. (Required)
  • Bachelor’s degree in content area (Preferred)
  • Experience in content area (Preferred)
  • At least two years of teaching experience in a public school (Preferred)
  • Experience teaching in a predominantly African-American environment (Preferred)




KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package:

  • Salaries for staff are competitive with added compensation for KIPP DC’s extended day and year, along with additional bonuses.
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after 3 years.
  • Teachers are also supported with on-the-job professional development, a laptop computer for work, and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit http://www.kippdc.org/applyand click the “Early Childhood lead teacher” job posting located under “Instructional Positions.” If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at careers@kippdc.org